Bay Area Music Groups

The Bay Area is home to literally hundreds of classical music organizations, from community choruses to world-renowned orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles. This listing provides all the vital statistics for Bay Area music groups, as well as a summary of what they do best. Search by type of organization or alphabetically. Note to classical music groups: If your organization is not listed here or there is an error in your listing, please email [email protected].

New Pacific Trio

The ensemble, consisting of several faculty members of the University of the Pacific, performs selections for piano, violin, and cello.

Founded: 2002
Artistic Director: None
Where to hear them: Chamber music series in and around the Bay Area.

New Parkway Theater

Screen repertory films and special features, and host special events. 

New Piano Collective

Alumni of the Eastman School of Music, the seven artists of New Piano Collective represent the true essence of the twenty-first century musician - artistry, collaboration, and innovation. Sought after as soloists, chamber musicians, and pedagogues, each pianist excels in the standard repertoire from Rameau to Rzewski, while embracing a unique area of interest that distinguishes him as an authority in the profession. 

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: Jeffrey LaDeur

New Spectrum Ensemble

New Spectrum is a chamber music group affiliated with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. The main mission of the group is to bridge the gap between standard repertoire and contemporary music through innovative programming and interactive presentation.  They are committed to promoting music by living composer, particularly those based in the Bay Area.

Founded: 1009
Artistic Director: Sandra Gu and Kathryn Bates Williams
Where to hear them: San Francisco

New West Symphony

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  The Symphony also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its partnership with New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, a year-round music and leadership program for underserved students.

Founded: 1995

New Year's Eve Organists' Kaleidophone!

[email protected]; 831-460-1030

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Vlada Volkova-Moran
Where to hear them: Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz, CA, 95065

New York Philharmonic

Orchestral Music

Artistic Director: Alan Gilbert
Where to hear them: Davies Symphony Hall

New Zombies

Performing adventurous original music rooted in a variety of world musics

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Dan Plonsey
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area music venues

NewGround Theatre Company

NewGround Theatre Dance Company is a professional contemporary dance company premiering unique works that focus on the human heart connection. NewGround Dance Theatre Co. 1

Artistic Director: Coleen Lorenz

Niloufar Talebi Projects

Artistic Director: Niloufar Talebi

Ninth Planet New Music

We are the union of two established Bay Area new music groups, formerly known as Wild Rumpus and Composers, Inc - We seek to continue presenting and commissioning exciting new music and particularly bringing attention to the work of younger composers!

Founded: 2019
Artistic Director: Nathaniel Berman

Noche Flamenca

Founded: Founded in1993 by Martín Santangelo and Soledad Barrio.
Artistic Director: Martín Santangelo

Noe Valley Chamber Music

The series presents chamber music performances by both established and emerging local artists.

Founded: 1992
Artistic Director: Tiffany Loewenberg
Where to hear them: The Noe Valley Ministry